[Robert Underwood] Johnson
got a long letter from the four big girls--Harrimans, Averill & Draper In reply to which I fell into doggerrell lik[e] the rest of the party--a copy of which I send you strictly for home private consumption--The true Story of J. B.& Behring SeaJohn B.Burroughs heSaid he could never like Behring SeaAnd said it most dolefulA whole rhyming soulfulMoaning itGroaning itPatheticallee!It's big & its blue, he saidAnd has whales & a crew, he saidOf sea loins & sealsThat splash merry reelsWith queer ravings & wrangles--Contortious, Contangles,But its waves won't keep level,They keep only mad revel,And alas--my interiorGrows queerior queeriorThe thing's shaking all overAnd its kelp its not cloverAnd its seals & its whalesAnd its gulls & its galesCare nothing whatever for Slabsides or me.07194
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